Perkes Artworks

About the Artist

After a career as a scene designer, costume designer, stage director, department head/administrator and teacher, Sid Perkes retired from Utah State University and returned to two old loves, painting and writing. Since he began painting again in 2001, he has completed works in oil, acrylic, oil pastel, pastel and pencil.

He has written two novels that have been accepted for publication. The first Lettie was published in 2007 and the second Silent Passing will be out in early summer of 2009.

Sid received numerous honors during his career in theatre including: first place in the first United States Institute of Theatre Technology nation scene design competition, the American College Theatre Festival’s Gold Medallion for Excellence in Theatre presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the 1999 Governor’s Award for Arts in Education in Utah. Sid designed sets and/or costumes for more than 300 productions throughout the West and Midwest including sets for professional productions of Porgy and Bess, Oliver and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City.

Stage design was a rewarding and satisfying career and allowed Sid to develop many of his visual art skills, but the theatre imposed limitations. By nature theatre is a communal art form and the visual images seen by the audience are designed to support and enhance the performers. They are created through the collaborative efforts of the director and the set, costume and lighting designers. Nothing remains of a production after it closes but memories in the minds of the audience, a few production photographs and the design plates and/or models. Sid wanted to create lasting images on canvas and paper and that is why, when he retired, he returned to painting.

Writing has always been a passion for Sid. He took creative writing classes as an undergraduate and has volumes of short stories, poetry and another novel in rough form. He plans to continue working on them and writing new material in hopes of getting more published.